Posts written by Ben

John 1:6-8, 19-28

John 1:6-8, 19-28   Those of us who live in community–particularly those of us who lead Christian communities–can all too easily fall into the trap of thinking it is up to us to be the heroic individual who rescues a community from whatever has befallen… Continue reading




1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Today’s reading urges us to pray without ceasing and to always give thanks. Some days it is very hard to remember that we are called to “suffer with,” to live in compassion. What can it mean to pray without ceasing in the… Continue reading




Psalm 126 or Luke 1:46b-55

Psalm 126 or Luke 1:46b-55   Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a holiday celebrated throughout the world, and particularly in communities with active memories of and connections to indigenous communities. Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego in the… Continue reading




Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 This week we are drawn deeply into biblical texts that call us to radical compassion. A radical “com” “passio” which means, “suffering with.” We are called to suffer with the world. Some days it can feel like there is more suffering to… Continue reading




“Joy to the World,”

“Joy to the World,” ELW 267   Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her king; let ev’ry heart prepare him room and heav’n and nature sing, and heav’n and nature sing, and heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.   Joy… Continue reading




“Joy to the World,”

“Joy to the World,” ELW 267 Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her king; let ev’ry heart prepare him room and heav’n and nature sing, and heav’n and nature sing, and heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing. Joy to the… Continue reading




I’m Dying to Know…

I’m Dying to Know… by Joni “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:24 We use words in strange ways. Take the word dying. Your daughter in tenth grade says she’s dying to know the… Continue reading




Mark 1:1-8

Mark 1:1-8   John the Baptist will be forever marked by his diet and wardrobe: locusts, honey and a camel-hair shirt. In the starkness of his lifestyle, we could easily forget that he says one of the most important things in the New Testament. Speaking… Continue reading




Bold Love

Bold Love by Joni   “Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming… Continue reading




Mark 1:1-8

Mark 1:1-8   The Gospel of Mark is considered the earliest gospel book. Mark’s narrative is sparser than that of Matthew, Luke or John. It contains puzzling and awkward stories about Jesus and his disciples. The author of Mark anchored the account of the life… Continue reading